Way Back Wednesday – Kindness Got Your Tongue?

(Originally posted on May 1, 2015.)

Years ago when I started the generous journey, one of the first things to change was my tone of voice.

Kindness Got Your Tongue? - Sweeten your tone of voice and choose your words wisely.

I was pretty nice most of the time, but the grumpy stuff bled into my tone of voice pretty quickly and my family tended to hear more of that others.

I had to be more aware of how I spoke and I had to be willing to stop, apologize, and restate it more kindly (and sometimes just drop it all together). I also had to be careful not to let my frustrations with person A bleed into my conversation with person B. 

All in all, it’s made a huge difference. I’m not perfect at it (sometimes I still have to stop, apologize, and regroup), but most of the time my speech is kind and appropriately directed.

I encourage y’all to take the time to listen to your own voice. Do you sound friendly? Welcoming? Warm? Caring?

If you don’t like what you hear, begin to self-check at regular intervals and sweeten your tone of voice.

… the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.  Proverbs 31:26b  ESV

Prayer Prompt: Ask God to help you listen to your voice and make appropriate changes.

 If you feel you need a bit more understanding or practice when it comes to kindness, I encourage you to pick up a copy of The Kindness Challenge or take Shaunti Feldhahn up on her 30-Day Kindness Challenge.

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